Horizon Players

History of the Horizon Players

Horizon Players made its debut in 1994 in the original storefront building in Farmers Branch that Horizon Unitarian Universalist Church called its first home. It was summer and our minister was due for some much-deserved time off. So it fell to the Worship Committee to plan some lay-led services during his vacation. Patsy Roe, chair of the committee, along with Gordon Row, Nelta Owen, Pam Schuman, and others, decided to organize a theatre group, partly to meet this need ... and partly because it sounded like fun!

In August, 1994, the original cast of eight women and four men presented selections from "Godspell." There was no scenery or lighting, no stage at all in fact, and each cast member rigged up their own costume. Nelta played piano with a few instruments from Ronn Cox's band. A year later, the group presented scenes from "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat," improving a bit on costuming and even bringing in a little choreography. And so it has gone with every new production over the past ten years, each show unique, each raising the bar a little in some way, each bringing veterans and newcomers together to share the adventure.

When we moved to our permanent church home in Carrollton, the expanded space of our sanctuary was a wonderful blank canvas to play with , if you'll pardon the pun! As each figurative curtain rose, so did the troupe's quality and ambition, often involving upwards of 40 people in a production. But we managed to sustain that original core of enthusiasm, energy and camaraderie. May it always be so!

Horizon Player Productions:

  • Aug 1994 "Godspell" - musical selctions - Worship service
  • Aug 1995 "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" - scenes - Worship service
  • Aug 1996 "Fiddler on the Roof" - scenes - Summer theater
  • Feb 1997 "Noye's Fludde" by Benjamin Britten - Worship service
  • Aug 1997 Selections from "My Fair Lady" and PDQ Bach's "The Seasonings" - Summer theatre
  • Jan 1998 "All I really Need to Know I Learned In Kindergarten" - excerpts from Robert Fulghum - Worship service
  • Aug 1998 Broadway Meets Bach - George M. Cohan and PDQ Bach selections - Summer theatre
  • Jan 1999 "Amahl and the Night Visitors" by Gian Carlo Menotti - Worship service
  • Aug 1999 "Night at the Opera" - scenes from "Phantom of the Opera" and "HMS Pinafore" - Summer dinner theatre
  • Mar 2000 "Personal Lives, Personal Loves" - Robert Fulghum readings with music - Worship service
  • Aug 2000 "Off the Wall" - scenes from "The Fantasticks" and "A Midsummer Nights's Dream" - Summer dinner theatre
  • Feb 2001 "Their Finest Hour" - World War II remembered in stories and music - Worship service
  • Aug 2001 "The Good, the Bach, and the Fair Nell" - melodrama and PDQ Bach - Summer theatre
  • Feb 2002 "Spoon River Anthology" - dramatized poems and music - Worship service
  • Aug 2002 "Fascinatin' Rhythms" - George Gershwin story in drama and music - Summer dinner theatre
  • Mar 2003 "Nell's Revenge" - original melodrama sequel with music - Spring theatre
  • Aug 2003 "Back Porch Ballads" - storytelling with music set in rural America during the Depression - Summer theatre
  • Jan 2004 "Cupid Rules!" - Romantic sketches and love songs in honor of Valentines Day - Winter theatre
  • Aug 2004 An Au-gust Comedy Revue - "Yes, We Have Known Burlesque" and Gilbert and Sullivan's "Trial By Jury" - Summer theatre
  • Feb 2005 "Wickedly" - Winter theatre and music
  • Aug 2005 Twisted Texas Tales - "Plaster of Paris: A Tale of Two Cities" comedy, and PDQ Bach "Oedipus Tex" - Summer theatre and music
  • Feb 2006 "Story Theatre" by Paul Sills, adapted from Grimm Bros. and Aesop's Fables - Winter theatre
  • Aug 2006 "An Evening at the Savoy" - selections from Gilbert & Sullivan

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Horizon Unitarian Universalist Church
1641 W. Hebron Parkway
Carrollton, Texas 75010
(972) 492-4940

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